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Four Ways to Avoid a Hangover

Wanrapa Boonsu 08.06.2011 00:35

Take a multivitamin The body can deal with a certain amount of alcohol thanks to the liver. Enzymes in the liver convert alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is the chemical responsible for that embarrassing facial flushing, as well as the headaches and nausea which are part and parcel of hangovers. In order to detoxify alcohol, liver enzymes require the mineral zinc and B vitamins, particularly B1. A good multivitamin will contain these nutrients.


Eat before you go

Party food is a trap for the unwary. Eat a nutritious meal before you go to the party. Food in your stomach will also slow down the rate of alcohol absorption.

Drink coconut water

Dehydration is a major contributor to a hangover. If you have partied hard, as soon as you get home (no matter what time), drink 500 millilitres of coconut water. The fluid will rehydrate you, and the coconut water will top up your electrolyte (minerals) and blood-glucose levels, both of which take a beating with heavy drinking.

Take St Mary's thistle

The average liver handles about one standard drink an hour. Remember, a standard drink is not a Long Island iced tea. More than this and unpleasant by-products such as acetaldehyde circulate in the bloodstream, maintaining a holding pattern above the liver until it is ready to take on more grog.

St Mary's thistle (Silybum marianum) is the liver herb. It has been shown to protect the liver against alcohol damage and reduce the severity of a hangover, particularly if taken a few hours before the event



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